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  1. hey guys sorry for the delay. Haven't had much of a chance to fly. Yesterday, I continued testing the new CF frame and the FY20A and I am very happy with the combination so far. Flew FPV for the very first time today, from take off, flying around and landing on my pad in the field. The FY20A provides for very smooth take off and landings, which makes doing these via FPV very easy. Have to say I was pouring with sweat after the first few sorties though (and a little nauseous)! I'm gonna go find a larger field now so I go higher without stressing too much (maybe a field of corn to provide a sof
  2. Thanks for your reply, RC. I found both of my crashes very strange as it did not seem to be any of the things you described (although I could be wrong of course). However the packs on both crashes were different, fairly new but used several times. I also have a LVA set at 3.6v so it was not a low-voltage cut-off issue as far as I can see. Also the one time I experienced a low-voltage crash, it was an immediate flip and crash. Both these crashes were slow rolls to the left until lift was lost and I was unable to correct it. (I have onboard footage and the similarity is striking, but internet in
  3. Happy New Year everyone, hope much fun was had by all. A quick update on my 330xs evolution. After an uncontrollable deathslide from about 200 feet (in early dec) there wasn't much left of my 450 frame strewn about in the grass. (I have a great still pulled from the gopro of the moment of impact - 2 arms independently airborne with motors still attached and spinning. Will upload it tomorrow, as I left it at home). Was gutted. I transferred all the electronics onto the old 330 frame and swapped out a couple motors and ESCs in case that was the issue (there was nothing obvious). Flew fine fo
  4. Thanks Kilrah, the surging seems to have gone now (after I went through all the connections) - must have been a dodgy motor connection or something. Flying nicely now. Does anyone know if the FY21AP II IMU AUTOPILOT + OSD will work on the 330xs? Can't seem to find much info on it. I am trying to get my hands on an OSD module but it seems no-one in the UK has any stock of anything. One store has this and it could kill 2 birds with one stone I guess, but I have a feeling it won't work for the quad. thanks
  5. Hi guys Thanks for your comments - will go through it all again - just had a thought - I am flying outside my studio at the moment and there is alot of 2.4ghz wireless networks around here - could that cause tx-rx interference and cause the surging? Or is it more likely something else? I am flying with 2.4ghz control and 5.8ghz fpv kit at the moment - not ideal I know - but this model is just for fun/testing/learning with a an MK Okto2 on the horizon. Regarding descents, I have flown with more weight than this on the stock frame before I did this changeover and didn't experience the sam
  6. Rc-cam - wondered if you have any advice. I have now removed the landing gear and just put CF 'pegs' on instead. Added a 2 axis camera mount and mounted a point and shoot cam in it. Now for some reason I can't work out, the motors seem to be surging randomly causing it to gain altitude on its own, once I reduce throttle it will sink and I have to input way more throttle than normal to stop the descent - its also nowhere near as stable and calm as it was. I have re-calibrated the ESCs one at a time and checked gain etc. but I can't see what could be causing it. Before the frame change it was fl
  7. Here are a few pics of my 330xs electrics installed (temporarily) on a 450 size frame with cf landing gear from a large heli. Like I said, I will probably lose the gear to save some weight but I like how it looks There is no camera system or fpv on it in these shots, hence why the camera mount is tilted so far forward for CG. Have also just slipped the lipo into the back of the camera mount for now - just to take some pics. Will hopefully be able to finish the build this week and have my first FPV flight with it. The sponge balls detract from it's menacing look somewhat but they are fantasti
  8. sorry just had an after-thought - RC-Cam - does the FY20A help you deal with gusting wind? cheers
  9. Thats a pretty horrible combination for any quad I think! I would be very nervous flying in any wind above water, especially with expensive camera kit onboard. I am sure RC-Cam is far better qualified to answer your questions, (and I only have the stock gyro on my quad so far) but flying in strong winds is a fairly hands on exercise! Even in a moderate wind, it takes all my concentration at altitude to keep it under control - even worse with gusts that cause sudden altitude gains or loss. Unless you have someone else remotely operating the camera gear I think your mission would be extremely di
  10. thanks for your comments mate - think I will go ahead and get FY20A then - anything that helps keep it a little more stable will be grand. Super windy today but if things improve will go out and take some pictures and post them. cheers
  11. Hey RC-Cam I'm still really enjoying the 330xs too. I have just built a 450 size frame for it and transferred the electronics / motors onto it over the weekend. Also attached large cf landing gear (meant for a 650 size heli). It flies great, but with (obviously) reduced flight time due to all the extra weight - think I might lose the landing gear in the near future, but it does make it look like it means business!! It seems more stable now though, got to install my FPV kit onto it today and I'll try and get out of town soon do some higher altitude fpv. My first full FPV flight (on the old fr
  12. Hi Heliphoto I started out last year with pretty much the same criteria that you have. I am a commercial photographer, and wanted a stable quad to take high-res aerial pictures for clients using my high-end DSLRs (Nikon D3s and D3). My research last year led me to the very pretty Draganflyer X6 out of Canada which is a tri-copter with all the features I wanted, FPV, telemetry, controllable cam-platform, GPS hold, base station etc. etc. (google 'draganflyer x6' to see their website) BUT it only has a payload of 500g - not enough for high-end DSLRs and with a price-tag of close on $20k all in!!
  13. Regarding backflip mentioned in previous post: Just downloaded footage. I had the GoPro taking pics every 2secs. Made for an "amusing" sequence. See below: 1. Hovering nicely 2. Mid-backflip 3. HARD landing right way up 4. Bounced and lay upside down Cheers
  14. Hi Rc-Cam I am a photographer based in Zambia and fairly new to R/C but excited to see your progress with installing the FY-20A on the 330xs. After flying a cp3 for a few weeks for fun I came across the 330xs and ordered it to see what I could do with it photographically. I finally received it last week (after being nailed 80% customs and duty!!!!) I finished building it over the weekend and used the aero-conversion kit to provide a camera platform. Its been flying great so far (after some initial difficulty understanding how to calibrate the ESCs). Once I add the fairly substantial weight
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